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Title: Mangrove ecosystems of the Indian Ocean region
Authors: Kathiresan, K.
Rajendran, N.
Keywords: Mangroves
Indian Ocean
East Africa
Arabian Peninsula
Indo-west Pacific
NW-Australia
associated flora
fauna
ecosystems
Issue Date: Mar-2005
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: Covering about 47 % of world’s mangrove area, containing 85 % of world’s mangrove species, and occurring in a variety of habitats, the mangrove ecosystem plays a vital role in coastal biodiversity of 30 countries bordering the Indian Ocean. This ecosystem supports a rich species diversity of flora and fauna, but it is facing heavy human pressures and natural stresses, leading to a loss in biodiversity. This calls for urgent measures of conservation and management.
Page(s): 104-113
ISSN: 0379-5136
Source: IJMS Vol.34(1) [March 2005]

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